Areas of Expertise

Linda has over 13 years’ experience as a workplace relations lawyer. This experience includes roles both in private practice and as an in-house counsel.

Linda is a trusted adviser to corporate and government clients in all workplace matters including in the areas of industrial relations and human resource management, anti-discrimination, terminations and workplace litigation.

Through her experience gained as an in-house counsel, Linda has a strong commercial mindset and understands the important key drivers, strategy and objectives that guide her client’s business and works to leverage this knowledge to achieve the best results for her clients.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University)

  • Bachelor of Laws (Sydney University)

  • Masters of International Law (University of Sydney)

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia

 

What Linda's clients say

"Linda possesses that unique quality to engender trust from both parties. She manages to find solutions to complex problems that require a good deal of research. Linda brings clarity to matters that require meaningful advice which can stand up under scrutiny. Her workplace relations advice has been invaluable in ensuring not only good outcomes that have been acceptable to all but have also saved the organisation money. I recommend Linda to provide well thought out legal advice". – HR Director, healthcare sector

"Linda has provided sound legal advice on a number of complex employment matters. She has a strong understanding of business needs and she is a trusted advisor across the spectrum of employment relations/industrial relations issues". - HR Director, healthcare sector

 

A word from Linda

What drew me to workplace law and culture and what continues to motivate me is its focus on the wide array of issues that arise in both individual and collective relationships within the workplace – this area of law is dynamic and constantly evolving! It is immensely rewarding to help my clients navigate these issues and accomplish their objectives whether it be managing a workplace grievance, an industrial dispute or tailoring employment documents to suit their needs.

 

Career highlights

  • Successful negotiation and approval of a multi-enterprise agreement for five affiliated health organisations.

  • Favourable resolution of a number of contentious and highly sensitive matters involving senior management departures and avoiding potential reputational and financial risks for the client.

  • Undertaking a confidential and complex internal investigation of possible corrupt conduct as referred by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

  • Advising and defending a State Government department in successful trial and appeal outcomes, including in a number of significant staff misconduct, dismissal and industrial dispute proceedings, including two Court of Appeal matters.

  • Advising a multi-national company through a major change management process involving confidential risk management assessment and the significant downsizing of its Australian operations.

 

Specific areas of focus

Workplace disputes and litigation: advising on employment and industrial disputes, unfair dismissal and general protections claims.

Investigations: undertaking and advising on sound and defensible investigations involving staff misconduct.

Interpretation: advising on and interpreting contracts, industrial instruments and legislation.

Managing ill and injured workers: advising on appropriate management and legal compliance.